Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ, is a style of in close combat that specializes in taking an opponent to the ground in order to subdue or finish them with a submission technique like an arm lock or choke. BJJ is practiced both for sport and for self-defense.
Brazilian Jujitsu relies heavily on positional advantage utilizing the entire body, especially the legs, in order to neutralize an opponent’s attack and subdue their opponent with non-leathal or lethal force.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has grown in popularity ever since it was introduced in 1993 on the cable televised event called the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC. Today there are numerous schools that teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or try to incorporate it into their pre-existing programs. The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy has been teaching adults and children BJJ or at least a hybridized form of BJJ since 1995. We have established a reputation for having strong competitors, experienced instructors and a full weekly schedule of BJJ classes for adults and children of all ages.
We offer both gi (uniform) and no-gi Brazilian jujitsu. Each style has is advantages and disadvantages. Uniformed BJJ classes are the more traditional approach to learning BJJ. Although many Mixed Martial Artists tend to focus more on no-gi jujitsu. We recommend first attending a gi class before you consider no-gi BJJ training.
Many of our students — both adults and children — compete in gi and no-gi BJJ. Visit our page for Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for information about classes for younger students.
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Check out the video below to see some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class footage. Officer Mike Johnson is demonstrating some BJJ fundamentals concerning the Guard, a familiar and often used position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Officer Mike Johnson, BJJ Purple belt under Pedro Sauer teaches guard position fundamentals.